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Cover Photo: "Painting with Numbers"
Whether you make your living with numbers or just occasionally have to communicate your credit worthiness to your banker, you can make or break your reputation by how you present those numbers, says Randall Bolten, a former chief financial officer to high-tech companies BroadVision, Phoenix...
Tainan, Taiwan, sunset
Chintay Shih, chair of Taiwan’s Institute for Information Industry, has been a key player in creating Taiwan’s semiconductor industry, which now boasts more than $50 billion in annual revenue. As the former president of the Industrial Technology Research Institute, a research organization with...
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Medical technology is one of the foundations of the American health care system. It is home to dramatic technical advances. But it is one of the key contributors to rising health care costs, accounting for, according to one study, roughly half the increase in health spending. Issues such as these...
Tony Blair photo
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair traces his deep interest in Africa back to his father teaching in Sierra Leone in the early 1960s, a time when South Korea was just as poor as Sierra Leone. While South Korea took off economically, Sierra Leone was racked by a long civil war. But now, “the...
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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Business and government leaders, entrepreneurs, academics, and students gather this week at the Stanford Graduate School of Business for the 2012 Healthcare Innovation Summit to examine the forces shaping the future of health care and discuss practical...
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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — When Kenji Tateiwa applied to the Stanford Graduate School of Business, he described in the essay "what matters most" to him: his "dream of establishing a perfect energy world." He never thought he would have a chance to apply his expertise in nuclear...
STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS—Everyone knows that on average women earn less than men for the same work. Social psychological research conducted in the 1970s and 1980s suggested that women even pay themselves less than men pay themselves. But this is the nineties, right? It seems likely...
STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS—From email to groupware and the wireless Web, advances in information technology make it easier to disseminate information within an enterprise and make it possible for far-flung employees to work together efficiently. Organizations now can form teams with...
STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS—Negative stereotypes about various racial groups bombard us every day in the mass media and deposit their residue deep into our minds, often without our realizing it, says Brian Lowery. Even among the most well-intentioned and consciously egalitarian people,...
woman and man talking
Whether you're negotiating for your firm or for your position in it, you'll do better if you avoid some common pitfalls. Successful bargaining means looking for positives in every possible circumstance. "If I can trade off issues that I care about more and you care about less, then we've been able...

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